How do we keep our cat from destroying our paper towels and toilet

Brenda Kernodle
by Brenda Kernodle
  10 answers
  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 17, 2017

    LOL cats, I dunno but my cats only did it like twice when they saw my reaction.

  • Peg Peg on Jul 17, 2017

    You have to catch them in the act and then spray them with water from a spray bottle. It truly works in training cats.

  • Brenda Kernodle Brenda Kernodle on Jul 17, 2017

    The cat does this during the night. Also, squirting him with water doesn't really bother him!

  • Karen Karen on Jul 17, 2017

    I have the same problem. I keep my TP rolls in a vertical storage holder, but added a liner of a lightweight plastic placemat, so the cats can't claw it. I have used two things to keep them away from the roll on the spindle: One is a commercial TP hanger that has a metal cover that stays on top of the roll ... it's meant as a sanitary device, but it definitely keeps the TP safe.

    The second method is in my "guest" bathroom: After I saw on Etsy, I made my own ... it's a fabric cover that falls over the exposed surface of the roll on the spindle. Velcro is used to keep the cover in place; I put extra rows of the Velcro on mine, so that as the roll decreases in size, the slack in the cover can be taken up so the roll stays tightly covered. The point of long-term attachment can be on top or bottom of the spindle, on the wall. If you don't sew, iron-on hemming tape will work well.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 17, 2017

    do your cats have adequate scratching posts? I know I have about 4 in my house.... the lounge, the door knob hanging one, the chase the ball circular one, and the tall standing cylinder one. To get them to use it, rub some cat nip on it once in awhile.

  • Dee Maxwell Dee Maxwell on Jul 17, 2017

    I have one cat that LOVES TP, either on a roll or in the cupboard under the sink. Decimates them, and has a grand time doing it! Took some wire and made a hook for the cabinet doors, and that took care of those; however, I ended up putting the TP in a basket hooked to the wall with the 3M hooks out of her reach. Problem solved. I would put your paper towels in a cupboard? I have heard that if you put your toilet paper under and not over when it's on the roll, they can't unroll it, and then it's no fun. You also might get the Psssst dispensers to put on the counter for your paper towels at night. They work great!

  • Gale O'Neal Gale O'Neal on Jul 18, 2017

    Keep the door shut!

  • Clök Concept Clök Concept on Jul 18, 2017

    close the door! ;)

  • Brenda Kernodle Brenda Kernodle on Jul 18, 2017

    To Gail in Ga and Clock in Canada - Keeping the door shut might seem to be a simple solution, but with young children in the house, that doesn't work very well

  • Paige Paige on Jul 11, 2020

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